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11th Annual Autism Conference; San Juan, Puerto Rico; 2017

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Invited Paper Session #13

How Is It That People With Autism in Peru are Economically and Meaningfully Supporting Their Families?

Thursday, February 2, 2017
8:30 AM–9:20 AM
San Juan Grand Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Basic Research
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: R. Douglas Greer, Ph.D.
Chair: R. Douglas Greer (Columbia University Teachers College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
LILIANA MAYO (Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru)
Dr. Liliana Mayo received her doctoral training in the Department of Applied Behavior Science at the University of Kansas. She is the founder and executive director of Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP), in Lima, Peru, which serves more than 400 students with different abilities (especially those with the most severe limitations) and their families. Dr. Mayo is a professor of special education at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and the Universidad Catolica, in Peru, and an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Applied Behavior Sciences at the University of Kansas. Also she is a member of the National Council of Education in Peru. She is the representative of CASP in the formal cooperative agreement between CASP and the Schiefelbusch Institute for Research in Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas, in the United States. Dr. Mayo has received numerous awards and recognitions due to her contributions to the development of successful practices that promote progress and full inclusion of people with different abilities in society through the high participation of parents in the School of Families, and the implementation of effective educational programs following a Functional Natural Curriculum. Among them are the Queen Sofia of Spain 1999, Award for Rehabilitation and Integration, the International Dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis award in 2000, the Peruvian Government that is the Order "El Sol del Peru" in the Commander Grade in 2007. She was honored by the government of Panama with the Order "Maria Ossa de Amador" in the Grade of Grand Medal in 2012 and for the government of Domenican Republic, with "Christopher Columbus' Heraldic Order" in 2014.

How is it that the best businesses in Peru hire people with autism, some who have worked for 20 years continuously? Because they have found that people with autism are good workers, don't gossip, ask for more work, and are loyal to the business where they work. Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP) has more than 100 students working in 43 businesses; 60% of them have autism. All receive the same pay and benefits as other employees and are included in all social activities in their work places. Many help their families economically by paying for utilities like water and electricity, paying for the medication of their parents, or even starting the construction of their own home. CASP students/workers receive the same social benefits as all Peruvian workers. It is important that persons with autism, especially those from extreme poverty, work in a supported employment program because it leads to including them in all aspects of society and because it leads to poverty reduction.

Target Audience:

Certified behavior analysts, licensed psychologists, graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) state the three goals that the Centro Ann Sullivan-CASP has for students with autism; (2) describe the three critical elements of the CASP model that make it possible for people with autism in Peru to not only work but to economically and meaningfully support their families.



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